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Title: Kidnapping/Dobryniya and the Snake
Artist: Nechaev Oleg
Size: 18.5x14.5x4
Size (inches): 7.25x5.75x1.5
Price : $1250 SOLD!


Splendid artist Oleg Nechaev from the village of Fedoskino always finds interesting and unusual themes for his boxes. The style of this artist as well as his wife Yelena, who is also an artist , is very recognizable. Very often he uses this bright blue pallet in his works, but more important his engraving
The box has two titles "Dobrynya and the Dragon" and "Capturing/Kidnapping". Dobrynya is known primarily for his dramatic battles with dragons. He managed to conquer the horrible dragon, Gorynytch, who devastated Russian lands and killed the Russians. But before Dobrynya started chopping off the beast's heads, Gorynytch started to plead for his life and the lives of his children. Being good at heart, the hero took pity on the beast and let him go. The dragon deceived Dobrynya Nikintich and soon kidnapped the niece of Prince Vladimir, Zabava. Prince Vladimir was angry with Dobrynya when he knew that the hero fought with the dragon and couldn't kill him. So, Dobrynya had to set out in search of the dragon for the second time. He managed to find Gorynytch's cave, where his children were hiding. Dobrynya killed the dragon's children, then he again fought with Gorynytch and killed him, and at last he managed to release Zabava. As a reward, the bogatyr was granted permission to marry Zabava, since the two had fallen in love during the trek back to Kiev. They lived happily until the end of their days as Dobrynya continued to protect his homeland against all forms of evil.
Unfortunately, here we can see Oleg Nechaev's interpretation of this fairy tale. Here dragon is painted as a snake with wings, muscled hands and a big sword behind his back, like an evil hero and has only one head.
The composition is painted in blue tones of oil paints. Different details are enhanced by bright gold and silver paint.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The lid is hinged from the top of the composition, and the box rests flat. The box's exterior is adorned with elegantly designed silver scan ornaments (composed of silver metal shapes glued to the box manually). The work is signed with the artist's name, and the titles.It is also signed that Nechaev is the author of this original composition.
Fine work!

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